We've loved Zeiss for quite a while and many of our readers do as well – and reviews keep coming in on the Zeiss Batis line – and from what I continue to read, they're outstanding.
This is just one I stumbled into not long ago which includes images shot on the Sony A7 II.
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 image samples
Via Amateur Photographer:
The Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 is an image stabilised short telephoto prime designed for Sony’s Alpha 7 range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. In our full review we were very impressed by its image quality; not just its biting edge-to-edge sharpness. We were also impressed by its practically complete lack of chromatic aberration, and impressive resistance to flare.
Here we present a series of full-resolution sample images shot on the 24MP Sony Alpha 7 II. We’re fully aware that with a lens this sharp (and, at £1750, expensive!) the 42.4MP Sony Alpha 7R II would have perhaps been a better match. But sometimes in an imperfect world we’re simply limited by the cameras we have to hand at the time. Besides, not everyone who will love this lens is going to own the A7R II.
This gallery contains a range of scenes and subjects that we feel the Zeiss Bats 135mm f/2.8 is best suited to, such as portraits, still life and street scenes. The flawless separation between the subject and the surrounding scene is one of this lens’ most attractive features. This gallery illustrates that feature and some of the other points regarding image quality made in our review, including a set of aperture series illustrating sharpness and bokeh. We also have hand-held slow shutter-speed shots illustrating the system’s image stabilisation and test shots which we’d expect to reveal any chromatic aberration the lens might exhibit (which turns out to be practically none).
For any image sample you can click the included link to download and view the full-size file. We’ve used a mixture of JPEGs from the camera with no additional adjustments, and processed raws (denoted by an -acr suffix). These files are for personal use only to assess the image quality of the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8, and may not be used for any other purpose.
The Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 is stunningly sharp wide open with lovely bokeh. Sony Alpha 7 II, 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 125
The lens focuses accurately regardless of where the focus point is placed in the frame. 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO1600
Choosing a small AF area helps prevent the camera getting confused by layered scenes. Sony Alpha 7 II, 1/800sec at f/2.8, ISO800
See all image samples at Amateur Photographer “Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 image samples”
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount
Mixing advanced optics with contemporary performance, the Batis 135mm f/2.8 from Zeiss is a mid-length telephoto prime designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Characterized as an apochromat, the Sonnar optical design helps to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing, and also benefits overall sharpness and clarity. Additionally, a T* anti-reflective coating has been applied that suppresses lens flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.
Complementing the optical performance, the Batis 135mm f/1.8 also sports a unique OLED display on the top of the lens barrel to indicate focus distance and depth of field range for quickly recognizing your focusing parameters. In regard to autofocus, a linear motor delivers quick and quiet focusing performance and, additionally, optical image stabilization is also featured to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.
- An ideal portrait-length lens, this telephoto prime has been designed specifically for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however it can also be used on APS-C models where it will provide a 202.5mm equivalent focal length.
- Apochromatic Sonnar optical design significantly reduces color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity, sharpness, and color fidelity.
- Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
- Integrated OLED display on the top of the lens shows the distance of the focal plane from the camera as well as the depth of field range for quickly recognizing the parameters of focus in use, even when working in low-light conditions.
- Optical image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.
- Linear motors benefit the autofocus performance of the lens and provide smooth, fast, and quiet operation. For manual focusing, a rubberized ring offers greater tactile control for precise placement of focus.
- Dust and weather-sealed construction benefits using the lens in inclement shooting conditions.
View full specs of Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens at B&H.
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(cover photo credit: snap from Amateur Photographer)